The Samsung Galaxy S23 series came much later than the first Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 phones. But these phones come with a trick – they use an exclusive customized version of the second-generation Snapdragon 8 mobile platform, also known as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy.
Compared with the standard version, the biggest difference between the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy is the improved performance of the CPU and GPU. Its Kryo CPU core has been overclocked to 3.36GHz (the standard version is 3.2GHz), while the frequency of the Adreno GPU has also been increased from 680MHz to 719MHz.
Though in terms of numbers, the new customized processor looks more powerful, we can’t confirm this on the ground. Some users think that it is made by Samsung itself, and some users think that it is specially customized by TSMC.
Until today, there have been no official comments on this. But today, Qualcomm responded to user questions, also confirming that the Snapdragon processor used in the Samsung Galaxy S23 series is still manufactured by TSMC 4nm.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy processor in the Galaxy S23 series has 1 Cortex-X3, 2 Cortex-A715, 2 Cortex-A710, and 3 Cortex-A510 cores.
Judging from the performance test results of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, the high-frequency version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 GPU is impressive enough. It is ahead of other phones in terms of GPU-intensive tasks.
Overall, the Galaxy S23 Ultra is 30-35% faster than the previous generation in the CPU test and about 30% faster in the AnTuTu 9 synthetic benchmark test. This phone provides up to 2x performance boost in GFX Bench and 3DMark GPU tests and an 80-90% boost in most cases.
Also, it brings the Galaxy S23 series GeekBench 5 single-core score to 1583 points. In contrast, the single-core score of the standard version of the second-generation Snapdragon 8 is around 1480 points, and the single-core score of the MediaTek Dimensity 9200 is between 1400-1500 points.